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ASK: Roland Swenson
JFK symposium exposes SXSW head as CIA operative!
"...From 1991 to 1994, SXSW managing director Roland Swenson co-hosted an annual conference in Dallas called the..."

Nov. 21, 2013 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Meet Christiane Swenson
You might recognize the surname via South by Southwest
"...Saturday, Christiane Swenson hosts a party at Maria’s Taco Xpress for debut..."

March 20, 2014 Music Post by William Harries Graham

SXSW Performance Contract Sparks Controversy
More back-and-forth between canceled artist and SXSW director
"...their contract – as alleged by SXSW Managing Director Roland SwensonSwenson emailed the Chronicle to clarify he..."

March 2, 2017 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Behind the Obama Bookings
SXSW Director Roland Swenson on the conference’s biggest get ever
"...Lady Gaga seem like C-listers by comparison. SXSW Director Roland Swenson talked us through the booking process...."

March 2, 2016 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Chapter 2: Biweekly and Proud
September 1982-August 1988
"...street from the Austin Community College Rio Grande campus. Roland Swenson I was running a foundering music production company/record..."

Sept. 7, 2001 Features Feature

Page Two
'Be Here to Love Me' captures the poetry and loss of the late great Townes Van Zandt
"...Roland Swenson runs SXSW; he is the managing partner, with..."

Dec. 9, 2005 Column by Louis Black

True Believer
You're at SXSW today because of its late creative director, Brent Grulke.
"...SXSW Executive Director Roland Swenson, the pragmatist, worried about adding extra work to..."

March 15, 2013 Music Feature by Michael Corcoran

Page Two: Location, Location, Location
The key to South by Southwest is, as always, Austin
"...attitudes are still in such sync. Following Managing Director Roland Swenson's ever-inspiring vision of SXSW, crashing through the borders,..."

March 24, 2006 Column by Louis Black

After the (SXSW) Party: Where's the Fire?
Party shutdowns unleash backlash against SXSW
"...handful of bloggers and the Statesman, says SXSW Director Roland Swenson – suddenly the permit issue had morphed into..."

April 6, 2007 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Page Two: South by Simplicity
The plain truth behind the Festival's origins
"...In early November, Roland Swenson and Louis Jay Meyers came to Chronicle Publisher..."

March 14, 2008 Column by Louis Black

What Now for SXSW?
A year after tragedy, the city and the Festival look to a sustainable future
"...closing the area from the public. SXSW Managing Director Roland Swenson, at Mohawk to see the band X when..."

March 13, 2015 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

On the Inside Looking In
The meta world of Outside Industry, Alan Berg's new documentary about SXSW, coming soon to SXSW
"...documentary filmmaker Alan Berg got a phone call from Roland Swenson, the managing director of South by Southwest. The..."

March 11, 2011 Screens Feature by Josh Rosenblatt

Page Two: Everlasting Love
Our annual ode to South by Southwest
"...and I are partners in SXSW Inc. along with Roland Swenson, our other partner and the hands-on managing director...."

March 5, 2010 Column by Louis Black

Page Two: Second Nature
The ritual chaos and considered lunacy of South by Southwest
"...have general staff meetings on Saturdays. At those meetings, Roland Swenson announces how many days remain until the event..."

Feb. 16, 2007 Column by Louis Black

Chapter 1: Before the Beginning
The Austin Chronicle is founded and struggles quite a bit.
"...participants of the scene. Steve Chaney was a scenester, Roland Swenson managed Standing Waves, Jesse Sublett had the Skunks,..."

Sept. 7, 2001 Features Feature

SXSW at 21 is one heckuva wascawwy wabbit
"...any say in the matter," says SXSW managing director Roland Swenson on whether organizers are satisfied with the Festival's..."

March 16, 2007 Music Column by Christopher Gray

SXSW 06: Was it all a dream? Or a nightmare?
"...through the aftermath one week later, SXSW Managing Director Roland Swenson said he felt like the festival went "pretty..."

March 24, 2006 Music Column by Christopher Gray

Chapter 3: Crazy Weekly
September 1988-August 1991
"...interview with the Chronicle mustafas, the first being with Roland Swenson, the second with Louis Black. The position in..."

Sept. 7, 2001 Features Feature

Playback: Collateral Events During SXSW Scale Back
SXSW Music's festival sideshow contracts
"...are, at best, a secondary concern for SXSW boss Roland Swenson, who confirms sponsorship dollars only account for some..."

March 3, 2017 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Playback: Rap Reigns at SXSW
Snoop Dogg crowns SXSW hip-hop as keynote, the Cherubs may have topped Heroin Man, and Sparkplug becomes part of musicians’ shared economy
"...has been equally evolutionary – not that Festival co-founder Roland Swenson wasn't hip to the genre early on...."

March 13, 2015 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Page Two: Love and Badges
The last 'Page Two' on SXSW 09 (probably)
" rooted in Austin. SXSW visionary and Managing Director Roland Swenson, Senior Director Nick Barbaro, the rest of the..."

April 3, 2009 Column by Louis Black

Off the Record
It's the end of the world as we know it: South by Southwest 22 officially begins
"...of control over the growth," admits SXSW Managing Director Roland Swenson. "It's more so a question of how to..."

March 14, 2008 Music Column by Austin Powell

Page Two
It's time to celebrate the coming of South by Southwest and think about how we're going to pay for our roads
"...Barbaro and I are co-founders and directors of SXSW. Roland Swenson, our other partner and co-founder, is the hands-on..."

Feb. 4, 2005 Column by Louis Black

Page Two: Wise, Warm, and Always Welcome
Austin is a quieter place without Brent Grulke
" could be," SXSW executive director and close friend Roland Swenson is quoted as saying in Tuesday's Austin American-Statesman,..."

Aug. 17, 2012 Column by Louis Black

Page Two: Let Us Pray and Play Guitar
The revolution is ongoing, the revolution is daily
"...To this day Roland Swenson, SXSW's visionary managing director, reminds the staff many..."

April 22, 2016 Column by Louis Black

Playback: Brent Grulke, 1961-2012
What SXSW Creative Director Brent Grulke meant to the music business
"...put the music festival in overdrive," credited SXSW co-founder Roland Swenson. "His relationships brought in so many of the..."

Aug. 17, 2012 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Page Two
Finding peace in the wonderful chaos of SXSW
"...Nick Barbaro and I are partners in SXSW with Roland Swenson. He is the managing director, which doesn't mean..."

March 25, 2005 Column by Louis Black

Married to the Mob
"...Community Listings editor Barbara Chisholm, former Special Projects director Roland Swenson and former Education editor Roseana Auten, as well..."

Sept. 7, 2001 Features Feature

Page Two
"...was begun 13 years ago at the Chronicle by Roland Swenson, Nick Barbaro, and me, who worked here, and..."

March 5, 1999 Column by Louis Black

The Damage Done by SB 4
Court records reveal impact of the "show me your papers" bill on immigrant lives
"...upholds a law that is "unfair and unjust." Locally, Roland Swen­son, co-founder of South by Southwest, which injected $325.3..."

July 21, 2017 News Feature by Mary Tuma

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